Petty Officer Edgar Allen Culbertson

Petty Officer Edgar Allen Culbertson

United States Coast Guard, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, April 30, 1967

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Edgar Allen Culbertson

Petty Officer Edgar Culbertson drowned while assisting the Duluth Police Department in a rescue mission to rescue three boys who were stuck on a pier in Lake Superior during a severe thunderstorm.

Officer Culbertson and two other Coast Guard officers tethered themselves to the pier and attempted to reach the boys, but were unable to. As they left the pier a large wave swept Officer Culbertson into the water.

Officer Culbertson had served with the Coast Guard for 14 years. He was survived by his two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Location Minnesota

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Today April 30th, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the rescue attempt by my friend Ed and his mates Ron and Casey. We held a memorial service on the north pier in Duluth today, where he ended his watch, when swept over the wall and into Lake Superior. Thank you my friend for your heroism. Your Pal, Capt. Tom Mackay

MM 3/C USN Vietnam Vet - Ship Capt. Ret.
Friend of Ed after I got hme from the Navy.

May 1, 2017

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